I just got emailed an invitation to pre-order the new Ben Folds record. Excellent news, I thought.
Firstly, if I want all the available music, Mr Folds would like no less than $84.99 US of my money. Plus shipping. Plus customs charges. So, since we're friends, let's call that £50.
Mr Folds can, let us be blunt, go fuck himself. It's all very well to have an exclusive package available with whatever bits and pieces they like to add, but to make the bonus CD of new songs only available in the most expensive package in this day and age, is absolutely ludicrous. Don't want the DVD. Don't want the vinyl. Don't want the box. Don't need it signed. I. Just. Want. The. Music. - and to pay a fair price for it.
Doesn't matter. They won't ship to the UK anyway. So I'll download it.
Oh, and want pre-sale tickets? Buy it again, from iTunes. They've got their own bonus tracks too!
Hooray for this brave new dawn of music retail.